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Air Force cancels 2016 season of Tops in Blue

Posted December 23, 2015 by

Air Force officials announced Dec. 21 that Tops in Blue, the service-unique entertainment program, will cancel its 2016 season, allowing an extended review of the program. Over the last year, submissions to the Air Force’s Airmen Powered by Innovation program reflected recommendations to cancel Tops in Blue because of the required manpower and associated cost….

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Some ‘Star Wars’ tech inspired by the Army’s experiments in mobility

Posted December 23, 2015 by Jacqueline M. Hames

The Army has a flying saucer -- a real, honest-to-goodness flying saucer. It also has a jetpack, a hover car and an all-terrain walking vehicle. If that sounds like something out of a "Star Wars" movie, that's because Hollywood is influenced by the Army's experimental technologies.

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Soldiers bid farewell to Army’s oldest unmanned aircraft

Posted December 23, 2015 by Dave Conrad

The Army's oldest unmanned aircraft system had its final flight at West Fort Hood, Texas, as part of a ceremony that marked transitions for both the aircraft and its operators, Dec. 16.

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Luke F-35 team competes for first time in load crew competition

Posted December 23, 2015 by

A Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., F-35A Lightning II crew competed for the first time in a load crew competition Dec. 18, against legacy F-16 Fighting Falcon crews.

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New SBIRS ground system celebrates two major milestones

Posted December 21, 2015 by

The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center recently announced the completion of two major milestones in the development and fielding of its new Space-based Infrared System ground system.

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NATO AGS arrives at Edwards

Posted December 21, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

NATO's first Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft arrived at Edwards Dec. 19 completing its first flight. The test flight marks the start of six months of ground and airborne testing at Edwards before the aircraft is sent to its new home in Sigonella, Italy.

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Juno PTV successfully launched for Missile Defense Test

Posted December 21, 2015 by

The U.S. Air Force's Rocket Systems Launch Program and its mission partners successfully completed the fourth launch of a Patriot Test Vehicle today from the U.S. Army's Fort Wingate near Gallup, N.M.

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AF announces FY16 aviator bonuses: RPA pilots eligible for first time

Posted December 18, 2015 by

Eligible active-duty aviators have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2016 Aviator Retention Pay or Critical Skills Retention Bonus programs, Air Force officials announced Dec. 15. “The cost to train and develop our Airmen is a significant investment for the Air Force,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh…

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BACN continues to sizzle for six more months

Posted December 18, 2015 by Justin Oakes

The Battlefield Airborne Communications Node program based at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.,, commonly referred to as BACN, recently awarded Northrop Grumman a contract extension valued at more than $120 million, securing the system's future for months to come.

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AF introduces enlisted Global Hawk pilots

Posted December 18, 2015 by

Air Force officials announced a new initiative Dec. 17 to enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance mission by integrating enlisted remotely piloted aircraft pilots into the force. Air Force officials stated a dynamic threat environment calls for innovative approaches to high-demand missions. After careful consideration and with an eye toward potential future force needs, service…

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